Orange Pomanders are a simple, classic and beautiful way to usher the holidays into your home. And your kitchen.
It’s been a long-standing tradition in our house to create these pomanders and place them in various locations. The scent of the holidays permeates our home and makes everything seem just a little bit more wonderful.
Simple Tools Needed to Make Orange Pomanders
- Firm, fresh citrus fruit. I like to use naval oranges or cuties. Or a combination of both.
- Toothpicks to poke design holes.
- Whole cloves.
- Citrus zester or vegetable peeler if you want to create designs in the skin of the orange.
- Elastic to make even designs. Or eliminate it for freeform designs.
- Kitchen twine to hang the pomanders.
How to Make the Orange Pomanders
- To carve patterns of skin in the orange, use the corner of a citrus zester to make designs. A peeler will make larger strips.
- Using a toothpick, poke a row of holes in the orange. I learned this after years of sore fingers. This makes poking the cloves into the orange a simple job!
- If even rows and geometric designs inspire you, Martha Stewart places a rubber band around the oranges to make perfect circles.
- Finish the pomanders by rolling them in ground spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or cardamom.
Making an Orange Pomander Arrangement
Designs with odd numbers are most pleasing to the eye. I like using either 3 or 5 oranges per arrangement. I also like to add fresh greens, a few cinnamon sticks, fresh pine cones and addition whole cloves.